Cornwell adopted the Hollywood department after meeting police detective Sue Courtney at the National Forensic Academy in Tennessee. Courtney eventually told her about the death of Mildred Weiss, a small frail 86-year-old woman who was fatally beaten in the laundry room of her apartment building.
Cornwell paid for a DNA test that provided a rough guide to the features of the suspect, the Miami Herald reports. The test, while it has not led to an arrest so far, confirmed police suspicions of a young homeless man who had been hanging around the building.
The killer sliced off the tip of his finger while opening a package Weiss was carrying. Courtney believes that the combination of a composite picture and the missing fingerprint will eventually jog some police officer's memory and the suspect will be arrested.